Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World

by Tom Zoellner
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Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World by Tom Zoellner

The astonishing biography of a mineral that can sustain our world- or destroy it

Uranium occurs naturally in the earth's crust-yet holds the power to end all life on the planet. This is its fundamental paradox, and its story is a fascinating window into the valor, greed, genius, and folly of humanity. A problem for miners in the Middle Ages, an inspiration to novelists and a boon to medicine, a devastat­ing weapon at the end of World War II, and eventually a polluter, killer, excuse for war with Iraq, potential deliverer of Armageddon and a possible last defense against global warming-Uranium is the riveting story of the most powerful element on earth, and one which will shape our future, for better or worse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670020645
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2009
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tom Zoellner has worked as a contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine and as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. His book The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds and Desire will be published in the summer of 2006.

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Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about a very special rock, uranium, which was formed by petrified foliage millions of years ago, and continues to breed a deadly form of energy. Tom Zoellner's factual book reads like a gripping novel. He breathes vigorous life into a saga that could have been a dry political and geological tale. His beautifully crafted story puts uranium into its complex context as a key protagonist on the world stage. Zoellner's reporting ranges from the Congo to Nazi Germany to the war in Iran, with vivid information at every turn. getAbstract found this meticulously researched book exceptionally interesting, and recommends it to anyone interested in discovering how society entered the atomic age and how it is muddling through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Informative without being boring. Basically a history of the world's most explosive rock!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very interesting. It is the first nonfiction mining book that I have read, and the first book on uranium that I have read. What was most surprising was the author's mentionings of the Soviet era East German mining in Schlema, Germany regarding St. Joachimsthal, Radium Palace Hotel (that once offered radium drinking water to humans, and also according to the author still offers radium baths for humans!), and the nearby Wismut mines (according to the author closed in 1990)--one gets the feel of the seriously creepy Soviet oppression in East Germany and some sort of creepy eugenics movement through radium baths, etc. as the author states the area reminds him of the horror film "The Shining." I found this book ranged from 3-star to 5-star depending on the areas mentioned. I felt that not everything about uranium was fully covered, and the only photo in the book is on the cover. However, he did mention many of the scientists involved in the uranium age, the hazards to miners, uranium ore, as well as the geopolitical structure and economics, and the get-rich-quick uranium schemes. This was a worthwhile book to read, and perhaps in the future, a follow-up book will uncover even more about the uranium mining age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good bit of history and technical look at this amazing and troublesome piece of ore.
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LmillerO More than 1 year ago
This is another amazing book by Tom Zoellner,
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This book was horrific. I bought this book expecting to get interesting and pure scientific facts,instead i have a book with a misleading cover that tells a story. Very disapointed.